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How To Rap – Writing Multisyllable Rhymes

Let’s just jump into it, for those that are interested and I’ll cover the other stuff at the end

Multis/Multi Syllable Rhymes/Compound/Polysyllable

Why multis are important:
– Helps improve flow
– Shows off your lyrical talent
– Sound more polished and advanced

You’re going to see almost every big rapper use multis at least to some degree
They also making rhyming poetry, spoken word, or anything else that’s supposed to rhyme sound better

Single syllable word perfect rhymes


If this is all you’re using, your lines are going to sound basic. Like little kid nursery rhymes. Hickery dickery dock, the mouse ran up the clock

Double syllable words – perfect rhymes


These are still pretty basic and not a whole lot above the single syllable word rhymes

Single syllable chains – perfect rhymes

Rhyme A – Rhyme B

Big Cat
Pig Fat

Dog eat
Hog meat

Multisyllable/Word chains – perfect rhymes

Where we go (where-we-go)
Scary flow (scare-ree-flow)

The number of words don’t have to match up on the rhymes, only the syllables do

However, It’s pointless to have multis if they don’t make any sense

I run quick
Why sun slick

Asking masters
Tasking plasters

Explosive animal tactics
Erosive cannibal plastics

Anyone can put together meaningless rhymes, the trick is to do it while still having a purpose and meaning. In terms of perfect rhymes, you become pretty limited, which is why slant rhymes become a valuable tool

Multisyllable/Word chains – slant rhymes

Once you get a little more complex you can add slant rhymes into the mix (Look at the way the syllables line up)

Genetic disposition (Gen-et-ic-Dis-po-si-tion)
Prophetic in his wisdom (Pro-phet-ic-in-his-wiz-dom)

You don’t have to rhyme all the syllables, but the more that rhyme the better it will sound

Garden of Eden, (Gar-den-of-Eed-en)
Harden and sweeten (Har-den-and-sweet-en)
Marginal (Don’t rhyme, syllables don’t have to match up, but it sounds better in my opinion, and try to rhyme stressed syllables over unstressed ones.

I’m not going to go over slant rhymes or stressed syllables today, but if you guys are interested in it I’ll do it in a different video.

Irregular syllable multis

In the mess
spin less

You can do it with irregularly but to me it doesn’t sound nearly as smooth or polished and sometimes it sounds downright strange, though it often sounds better than just a single syllable rhyme.

Strategies for making multi-syllable rhymes

1. Start with the rhyme or phrase you want to rhyme with, we’ll do:

PLAY NICE (play-nice)

2. Then find rhymes for play


3. Then rhymes for nice


4. Then combine them to get phrases


Hey PLAY NICE, it’s not something I’ll SAY TWICE
You don’t want to slip on that dirty GRAY ICE

it be a good idea to have a couple synonyms you can use in case you struggle to think of any good rhyme phrases

Keep practicing, if you have any questions or leave them in the box and I’ll address issues in a future video

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